Michael S. Bonner (Local 12), age 59, of East Bridgewater died unexpectedly on August 26. Mike was the son of the late Floyd and Joyce (DeWolfe) Bonner and grew up in Weymouth.
He was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1979. He has been employed for over thirty years as a union plumber working in the Facilities Maintenance Department of Harvard University in Cambridge. Mike met Karen Kane in 1982 and they married in 1987 at St. Bridget’s Church in Abington and settled in East Bridgewater.
As a young man Mike was a dedicated karate student who earned the degree of Black Belt. He shared his dedication and knowledge of karate with his son Nick, daughter Stephanie, and his other students whom he taught for over ten years in Brockton. Mike enjoyed traveling, especially to the family vacation home in Ashland, Maine and one of his all time favorite trips was to Ireland to visit his daughter Emily. He loved his dogs Penny and Moose, all types of music, cooking, playing card games, and watching his beloved Patriots. He was a wonderful father who loved spending time with his family and was extremely proud of his children. All who had the pleasure to know him will greatly miss him.
Michael was the loving husband of Karen F. Bonner of East Bridgewater for 33 years. He will be deeply missed by his children, Nicholas P. Bonner, Stephanie E. Bonner, and Emily J. Bonner. He was the brother of Jill A. Bonner, and the late Shirley, Butch, Patrick, and Julie Bonner. Michael was the son-in-law of Eleanor and Francis Kane. He was the loving “Uncle Mike” of Kristen Brown, and Thomas and Brian Tenberg. His grand nieces Julianne and Isabelle Brown, and Alyssa Kane also knew him as “Uncle Mike”. He was the brother-in-law of Michael, Brian, and James Kane. He is survived by many cousins and friends.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday Aug. 30th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm, at the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 35 Spring Street EAST BRIDGEWATER. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday Aug. 31 at 10:30am at St. John Church, 210 Central St., East Bridgewater. Burial will immediately follow at Central Street Cemetery.
Donations in Mike’s memory may be sent to National Public Radio or the American Heart Association.